Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Record December heat

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, warm. 80°, north wind 5 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 47°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, warm. 82°, west-southwest wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

Chasing history over the next few days.

High pressure parks near the state. As a result, daytime highs run roughly 15° above average this afternoon and tomorrow. Today’s forecast high of 80° would match the record mark set in 2010. The record high for Thursday is 81° set in 1969. Tomorrow’s forecast high is slated to reach 82° in Tucson.

The run at the record books will be short-lived. A cold front sweeps across the state Friday into Saturday, bringing Winter reality back to the Sonoran Desert. Expect gusty winds and a 20% chance of showers Friday afternoon, with rain chances increasing to 60% Friday night into early Saturday. Rain & snow above 6,000 feet tapers off late Saturday morning.

Valley floors should generally see less than 0.25″ rain from this front. Snowfall totals for Mount Lemmon look to be in the 1-4″ range.

High temperatures this weekend run 20-25° cooler than this afternoon. Widespread freezing temperatures are on tap for much of Southern Arizona Sunday morning.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Veiled saguaro Super Moon, captured last night by Greg McCown at Saguaro National Park East. Hope you enjoyed the three month Super Moon streak. Next one arrives December 3rd, 2017.

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